Big Ten Falling Behind SEC

Big Ten can't keep up with nation's premier conference and teams

May 18, 2007

By Trev Alberts

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The SEC is superior and the Big Ten is overrated...I hear it all the time (from people like you, for example). Did you know that dating back to 1999, the Big Ten has a 13 to 10 edge over the SEC in bowl games that feature match-ups of the two conferences? It's true. Just wondering if you knew that. - Christian Mitchell




Actually I didn't know the exact win-loss record. I hadn't done that research. I was aware, however, that the Big Ten has won games against the SEC. I think it bears pointing out though that you can't just look at SEC vs. Big Ten games - or vs. any other conference for that matter - when it comes to bowl game results in comparing superiority. It's an unfair comparison. Think back to the Music City Bowl in 2004. A mediocre Big Ten team in Minnesota beat a mediocre SEC team in Alabama team. Think about how irrelevant that game is?


I'm only looking at the top of each conference and I think it's pretty fair to say that the top of the SEC is dominant and would dominate the Big Ten. That's not to say the Big Ten in certain games wouldn't be able to get a win.


It's pretty easy to find some sort of statistic you want to validate whatever it is you believe in. The reality is the SEC is a far superior conference than the Big Ten. It hasn't been forever, but it's especially been lately. And I think it's only going to get worse. We're just starting to scratch the surface of domination.


Think about the SEC East: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina...Hello?


If you were a betting man, who would you pick as the winner of the Florida State quarterback battle? - Nathan K., Pensacola, FL    


I think it's going to be Drew Weatherford. I think the offense is better suited to have Weatherford in there. But I also think Xavier Lee is going to have a role. It may be a Kordell Stewart-like role in the offense, but I think he's going to have a role somehow. The one thing about new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is he understands how to get good athletes on the field.


In terms of leadership, I just think the answer at quarterback is Drew Weatherford. I would expect him to be the starter. Now I haven't been to all the practices and if Weatherford can't pick up the offense and is throwing interception after interception then that won't be the case. But I would tend to think he gives them the best opportunity to win. And they need to win right now. That's why they made all the changes to the coaching staff. Bobby Bowden understands the sense urgency about winning. I mean, he's not getting any younger.


Besides you, Trev, who got snubbed from the College Football Hall of Fame? - J., California  


I don't feel like I got snubbed in any way, shape or form. Ultimately the call will come. And I have a 9, 7 and 3 year old so the longer it takes the better because I'd like my 9 year old to be able to participate with me. As long as it happens before my mom and dad get too old.


But it's like the AP Top 25 poll: it's subjective. That being said, when you read the bios of the guys who got elected, you forget just how great some of these players were. Some of them had great NFL careers and I think that probably helps them. Some of them didn't have great NFL careers - like me - and I think that probably hurts them. Thankfully it's a college football award and I'm just honored to be on that list. All those guys who got in were certainly deserving and there will be plenty more people who get in down the road.


But let's start a write-in campaign for my colleague Brian Jones. He was the best college linebacker to play for two different schools and two different conferences. How do you go through the mental difficulties of transferring from UCLA to Texas? My goodness, as productive as he was to pick up two different systems in two different cities...The pressure he must have been under.